The dogs galloped around the 6,000-square-foot dog park outside We Talk Dog, a new dog training/grooming and kennel facility in Birmingham, Alabama. The dog run sports a brand new turf run featuring SYNLawn’s SYNTipede synthetic grass with drainage systems installed underneath for sanitation purposes. When they weren’t chasing each other in the bright sunlight, the dogs wrestled or playfully fought over the many toys strewn over the park or chased a plastic ball thrown by Adam Summerford, owner of Kanan and Emma.
Summerford and co owner and trainer Kalyn Trichell, who have together trained about 1,000 dogs since Summerford formed Talk Dog Training & Coaching in 2008 in partnership with Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic, say they are taking their in-home training business to the next level with the opening of We Talk Dog in late November.
Summerford bought the former warehouse, which previously housed an ambulance service, earlier this year and has spent the last several months doing most of the work converting it into the We Talk Dog facility. With the help and guidance from Synlawn’s area rep, Jay Gallo of Easy Grass of North Florida, Adam assembled a crew and installed the SynLawn artificial grass himself. He gutted the building, adding a station for dog baths and grooming and separate indoor play area/training sections for big dogs and small dogs. He is still building a kennel area that has standard kennels and 21 custom-built “luxury suites” for small and large dogs. “The dogs have really taken really well to the new turf. I couldn’t have done this without Jay’s help”, added Summerford.
A former engineer with B.L. Harbert International, he put his dogs’ paw prints in the concrete floor while it dried.
The facility will be equipped with video cameras, allowing pet owners to check at wetalkdog.com to see how their pets are doing. His website will also have live-stream videos of dog training taking place in the outside dog parks.
“I wanted to create a trainer-designed, dog-secure, stress-free, professionally supervised environment for dogs. I think we’ve succeeded.”